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PHOTOS: Uncertainty as UPDF Leaves South Sudan

UPDF soldiers commence their journey back to Uganda [Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe/ Chimpreports]

On Saturday afternoon, capsule advice http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-term-endpoint.php Sadolin Paints Fc crosses to the other side of (Jinja) town to face Bul Fc in a  desperate need to sneak into the top five pack.

Despite boosting of only two official matches, the Jinja derby has grown in leaps and bounds steadily creeping in fans and scribes menu for crunch ties.

The two sides have met twice, both in the 2014/15 season ending in identitical one-all stalemates. In the last match, second half substitutes, Militon Kalisa (Bul) and Blaize Nkolo balanced the equation but if selected by coach Alex Isabirye, the duo will don Bul colors. Nkolo together with central defender Junior Mukisa jumped ship to town away from the Painters.

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Sadolin is currently ‘painting’ the rainbow high in the sky, standing on the sixth position with a dozen points from eight games while the day’s hosts are deep troubled water waves on the 12th spot with only eight points from eight.

Team News:
On-loan midfielder, Mike Ndera will await a late fitness test after returning from injury, though he sat out of the pre-match training while the rest are available for selection.

Sadolin captain and former Bul midfield master, Peter Katumba has received five stitches on the head after suffering a cut in the slim 1-0 victory against SC Victoria on Tuesday.

Players vs Former masters:
If selected for Sadolin, Hood Mayanja, Joshua Masene, Jackson Kibirige and Edgar Luzige will be playing against a club they left at the end of the season while Junior Mukisa and Blaize Nkolo will be feautering for Bul from the Bugembe out fit.

How Bul fc will line up.
Franco Oringa is expected back in the post after missing in the squad that crashed 4-0 at Express. Philip Ssempira and Mukisa Junior to provide the shield with walulya and Magombe manning the outskirts. John Wakalaita and Farouk Osama to look for goals with support from Kalisa and Nsumba.

Sadolin.
Youth ful goalie Mathias Muwanga will continue his command in between the posts. Fred Ssegujja and Nigerian import Victor Emenayo will search for goals.

Bul Probable lineup:
Oringa, Sempira, Walulya, Mukisa, Magombe, Nsumba, Kallisa, Odipio, Sempala (C),  Wakalaita, Osama

Sadolin XI: Muwanga (Gk), Lukungu, Nassar, Kajubi, Kisige, Baize, Ekuyu, Kibirige, Basoma, Emenayo, Mayanja.
Its 9:30 am in Juba South Sudan. Soldiers in their majestic green camouflage pack their belongings; most of them with smiley faces you cannot miss.

They quickly roll their tiny mattresses and drape the firearms, more about http://cmlsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/admin.php ready to hit the road. They are going home. On the other side, visit this site another batch donning slightly brighter colors is ushered in at the Juba Airport, mind which for the last 20 months has been the contingent’s tactical base.

A UPDF soldier [Left] shares a light moment with his South Sudanese counterparts before departure

A UPDF soldier [Left] shares a light moment with his South Sudanese counterparts before departure

It’s the last batch of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] leaving South Sudan territory after spending almost 2 years in an operation that was codenamed ‘Kalongero’ due to the historical significance of the place during the 1986 NRA bush war .

The first phase according to Brig. Kayanja Muhanga, the Operation Kalongero Commander, was for evacuating equipment whereas the second one was for movement of troops from Bor, 200KM North of the capital Juba, while the third one involved moving of troops from Juba airport and Nisitu back to Uganda.

The troops return home

The troops return home

Speaking to Chimpreports yesterday, the commander Land Forces, Maj.Gen David Muhoozi was happy that the UPDF has left a land mark in South Sudan after performing to the expectations adding that it was a great achievement for the Uganda army.

“This is the tail-end of our withdrawal from South Sudan that started 3 weeks ago. We are happy that when our friends needed help we were able to provide it as they wished,” Maj. Gen. Muhoozi said.

Commmander of the South Sudanese ending mission Brig.Muhanga (L) with Maj.Gen.David Muhoozi the Commander of the Land Forces

Commmander of the South Sudanese ending mission Brig.Muhanga (L) with Maj.Gen.David Muhoozi the Commander of the Land Forces

The commander Land Forces said it was necessary for the UPDF to intervene as the war that broke out on December 15, 2013, so as to be able to promote the economic interests that Uganda has in South Sudan, as the country is one of the biggest importers of Ugandan goods.

“The SPLA and UPDF have a long history of working together. They worked as buffer zones when we were fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army and so we needed to keep the friendship flourishing by assisting them when there is need.”

The Ugandan troops happily cross the South Sudan - Uganda border at Nimule

The Ugandan troops happily cross the South Sudan – Uganda border at Nimule

The operation commander, Brig. Muhanga says the UPDF has been able to restore peace in the country as people for the first time managed to return to their homes; as well as ensuring flow of humanitarian assistance from the United Nations and other NGOs.

Uncertainty

By the look of things, all is not smooth despite the peace agreement signed between the government forces and those loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, as Africa’s youngest nation might soon resume to war.

Peace is yet to be entirely established in a number of regions and gunfire has already been reported in  few areas, since the peace agreement.

The troops at Juba International airport set to return home

The troops at Juba International airport set to return home

However, Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi says the UPDF has done its part and it’s now time for the SPLA to ensure they consolidate the peace and security partly brought by the Ugandan army.

“We were never meant to be guarantors of their security but only there to reinforce it and we have done that. We can never substitute the security,” Muhoozi said when asked on whether the country would have lasting peace despite their withdrawal.

Moving the heavy equipment

Moving the heavy equipment

He added,” Juba was a ghost town and dead bodies were all over the streets of Bor but that ended with our coming. There comes a time when you have to deal with your own affairs and now is the time for the Sudanese government to do so.”

Ugandans who work in the oil rich country on the other hand, aren’t overly optimistic they will be secure with the withdrawal of the UPDF; they believe that war might break out again.

“We are not sure if this relative peace will last  after the withdrawal of the UPDF. We shall always be on alert but we are scared what might happen next,” said Fahad Kasujja a builder with Chinese harbor company.

Maj Gen Muhoozi says the UPDF will always be ready to redeploy in South Sudan once called upon

Maj Gen Muhoozi says the UPDF will always be ready to redeploy in South Sudan once called upon

To Benon Akankwasa, another Ugandan working in South Sudan, it will only be God’s mercy for the country to remain peaceful after the withdrawal of foreign troops.

The commander land forces however said that the United Nations and IGAAD have a big task to deploy a force that will ensure security as stated in the peace agreement. He was however quick to emphasize that the UPDF will always be ready to redeploy in South Sudan if called upon.

“If there is need for us and we have been called, we shall not hesitate to go back to South Sudan but we hope the peace last forever,” Maj. Gen. Muhoozi said.

 

 

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